Thumbs up for improvements to Birnam Road shops

Staff at Bayne's the bakers welcomed the news. Pic: FPA
Staff at Bayne's the bakers welcomed the news. Pic: FPA

Traders and residents living around the shopping area at Birnam Road in Kirkcaldy have welcomed the news that cash is to be spent on regeneration work.

Kirkcaldy councillors last week pledged £113,000 from various budgets, in addition to a further £40,000 towards environmental improvements.

Although the shops are privately owned, the land is owned by the Council.

The cash will be used to provide a secure service area behind the shop block; resurfacing work to the front and side; creating low maintenance shrub beds; providing seating and creating parking bays, as well as a delivery bay to the front.

Drawings have already been provided by architects following consultation with tenants and shop owners, young people and the public, including Dallas Drive Tenants and Residents Association.

Councillors were told that work including creating safer routes to schools, improving lighting and traffic management had already been done.

“There was overwhelming support for the proposals and the final design was influenced by the consultation exercises,” said Ken Halley, locality support team worker.

Laura Renton (28), a resident of St Kilda Crescent, told the Press: “This is a good idea.

‘‘It is badly needing a bit of upgrading and parking at the front should be a priority.”

Suzanne Hogg (58), who has worked in Bayne’s the bakers for 18 years, said: “It’s about time we had some money spent here.

‘‘People just want to be able to park at the front, pop in for a few things and go away again.”

Andrew Black (70) from Cairnmore Terrace added: “The shops here are good but tidying up the place and making it look nice would hopefully make a big difference and encourage more people.”

Louise Thomson (43), of Xquisite, said the canopy over the shops needed replaced.

“It is an eyesore and needs fixed,” she said.

‘‘I would also remove the boulders from the front and put in more parking to bring in more customers.”

Maria Macrae (38), from the Spar, added: “Shrubs would brighten the place up, but youngsters would probably just trample through them.”